Teaser Tuesday – BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins Book Description

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot – searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion – along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams. (Harper Audio)

My teaser:

Twenty metres away Pasquale watched the arrival of the woman as if in a dream, or rather he would think later, a dream’s opposite, a burst of clarity after a lifetime of sleep. Pasquale straightened and stopped what he was doing, what he was usually doing that spring, trying to construct a beach below his family’s empty pensione. (Audio Chapter 1)

I have only just started this audiobook but the story and Edoardo Ballerini’s narration is absolutely captivating.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jess Walter’s previous title The Financial Lives of the Poets and early reviews are saying this novel is even better!

Find out more about this book – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Looking forward to reading your teasers!

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13 Comments on "Teaser Tuesday – BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter"


Guest
July 19, 2012

I keep hearing such good things about this book. I have to read it! Great teaser!

My teaser

Guest

Nice teaser. Happy reading.

Have a great week
My Teaser Tuesday

Guest
July 18, 2012

This sounds really good! Nice teaser.

My teaser this week is from The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

Guest
July 18, 2012

Oh, a friend just recommended this book to me – I’m waiting patiently for it and now I want to read it even more! Great teaser!

Mine is here: http://thegreatbookchallenge.blogspot.ca/2012/07/unorthodox-teaser-tuesday.html

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July 18, 2012
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July 18, 2012

Sounds like a great book and an interesting teaser. Here’s my TT: http://wp.me/p2ikyt-a0
I’m a new twitter follower too.

Guest
July 17, 2012

This is one such teaser which makes me want to pick it up!!

Here is my Teaser post!

Guest
July 17, 2012

Excellent teaser! I’ll definitely be checking this one out – thank you for sharing! :)

Here’s mine:
http://amylunderman.blogspot.com/2012/07/teaser-tuesdays-from-what-i-remember-by.html

Guest

Love love the sound of this.

Guest
July 17, 2012

Nice teaser. Are you enjoying the audio? I’m new to audio books this year and I really enjoy them.

Here’s My Teaser

Guest
July 17, 2012

Oh what a beautiful line…a burst of clarity after a lifetime of sleep.

Here is my TT:
http://maryellenbrady.com/2012/07/16/teaser-tuesday-divine-by-mistake-by-p-c-cast/

Have an amazing week!